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Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu

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The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a 200acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Hawaii.Much of the Arboretum's botanical collection consists of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails and small water features.HistoryThe Manoa Arboretum was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test various tree species for reforestation, as well as collect living plants of economic value. The original director of the arboretum was Dr. Harold L. Lyon, a botanist from Minnesota who was plant pathologist for the HSPA. During his tenure, Lyon planted nearly 2,000 species of trees on the site.In 1953, at Lyon's urging, the HSPA conveyed the arboretum site to the University of Hawaii, with the stipulation that the site continue to be used as an arboretum and botanical garden in perpetuity. After Lyon's death in 1957, the arboretum was renamed in his honor.Today, the Arboretum continues to develop its extensive tropical plant collection, while emphasizing native Hawaiian plants, such as Pritchardia spp. (palms). Its over 15,000 accessions focus primarily on the monocot families of palms, gingers, heliconias, bromeliads, and aroids. Native and Polynesian cultivated and wild species are displayed in the ethnobotanical, native ecosystems, and Hawaiian sections of the gardens. The Lyon Arboretum also maintains an active seed bank.
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  • This arboretum is a part of the University of Hawaii. It's located in the mountains north of Honolulu near the UH and Manoa Falls hiking trail. It's a winding road, but all but the largest vehicles ca...  read more »
  • This arboretum is more like a naturalized nature center. The plants are growing freely. Some of them have labels. They are affiliated with the University of Hawai'i so they do research and plant propa...  read more »
  • ... but unfortunately something hidden. It is supervised by the University of Hawaii - has to be paid only a kind donation. Very nicely laid out and especially not going over.
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  • Amazing place to wander in nature. It would be easy to spend a whole day here following various trails. Just bring plenty water, sunscreen, and bug spray. None of the walking is very strenuous. Even the smallest spurs are pretty solid and I have not found anything very steep. Do watch the weather before you go because it can get sloppy if it has rained recently. It's free to visit, but I encourage everyone to donate at least $5 at the office.
  • Such a pretty place so close to town, lots of wild animals and beautiful plants. It was a shame it was raining on and off the day we went
  • Nice public walking area, nice to walk around under the trees. Many plants and trees in bloom, many birds. If you ever get tired of the city and want a quick get-away, it's nice to come here. There's a "waterfall" at the end of the trail, but it's really just a small rock cliff with some water trickling down it, if it has rained previously. I mean, if you're headed that way, it's a nice walk, but don't go there specifically for the waterfall, as you'll be disappointed. Hardly enough water at the bottom to cool your feet off. Very dangerous there, anyway. Loose rocks, slippery. The rest of the grounds are nice, but remember; this is a learning garden, run by the botany classes at the University, so don't come here with your typical American attitude and complain about everything.
  • Surprisingly large tree garden very well maintained by University of Hawaii at the very end of Manoa Road. You can easily spend couple hours there exploring the all side trails and enjoying the tropical jungle. Notice, they close at 4 pm. The entrance is free including parking, voluntary donation at the visitor center.
  • Beautiful plants, but the map isn't that great. We got very confused trying to get to different areas. Inspiration point was a beautiful view that made it worth the confusion. Bring sun screen and bug spray!
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